Our week has been truly 'mud-lusious' and 'puddle-wonderful' to quote E E Cummings.
Gumboots have been the order of the day. If the children forget their own, we have a milk crate with about 10 spare pairs that we bring out into the play space on those muddy, rainy days.
Mud play at preschool is all about designating a space for it, and allowing it to happen.
We don't have a specific dirt / mud patch at the moment, but nature takes care of that for us. After the rain there are areas outdoors that turn into glorious, thick, squelchy mud just waiting to be jumped in, dug, smoothed, poured, moulded, 'cooked' and carted about in trucks.
I'm blessed to work in an environment that allows children to experience the many benefits of mud play and has a common sense attitude to cleaning up the aftermath.
The squeals of delight from the children, and their high level of engagement with this delightfully sensory material make it all worth it.
If you would like to know more about how and why we include mud play in our program:
Or more about the benefits of mud play for young children:
Marvellous Mud by Rusty Keeler
Why all kids need to play in the mud from Kaboom
Celebrating International Mud Day from Kindling
Did you know that June 29th is International Mud Day?